After registering four back-to-back wins, the Royal Challengers Bangalore have had a sensational turnaround to their fledgling IPL 2018 campaign. They defeated table-topper Sunrisers Hyderabad last night, thanks to an all-round performance, firstly with the bat led by AB de Villiers (69) and Moeen Ali (65), to power them to an imposing 6-218 in 20 overs, and then the ballers overcame the middle-over tussle thanks to the likes of skipper Williamson (81) to finally defend a target with perfection. With 12 points in thirteen matches, RCB now sits at a fifth position at the points table, and will now have to overcome sixth-placed RR, who will be without the services of their superstar duo of Buttler and Stokes, in a bid to strengthen their claim towards the Playoffs.
So, it is expected to be a riveting contest, tomorrow (May 19) at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur for the 53rd fixture of the 2018 Vivo IPL. The clash will begin at 04:00 PM Local.
So, let us now delve into the RR vs RCB team news and RR vs RCB dream11 prediction.
There is no reason for RCB to tinker the winning combination unless there are any forced changes.
On the other hand, the Rajasthan Royals will have to make two forced changes with Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes returning home for national duties, and the likes of D’Arcy Short and Henrich Klaasen might get a look in.
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Mahipal Lomror, D Arcy Short, Ajinkya Rahane (c), Prashant Chopra, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Ish Sodhi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ben Laughlin, Jos Buttler (wk), Jofra Archer, Ankit Sharma, Dushmantha Chameera, Jatin Saxena, Heinrich Klaasen, Stuart Binny, Aryaman Birla, Anureet Singh, Ben Stokes, Sudhesan Midhun
Virat Kohli (c), Tim Southee, Manan Vohra, Brendon McCullum, Colin de Grandhomme, Washington Sundar, AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel (wk), Mohammed Siraj, Quinton de Kock, Corey Anderson, Umesh Yadav, Mandeep Singh, Moeen Ali, Yuzvendra Chahal, Sarfaraz Khan, Chris Woakes, Aniruddha Joshi, Aniket Choudhary, Pawan Negi, Murugan Ashwin, Navdeep Saini, Pavan Deshpande, Kulwant Khejroliya
Both the teams are expected to make one or two changes. The probable RR vs RCB playing 11 is listed below.
Wicketkeeper: Parthiv Patel
Batsmen: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Sarfraz Khan
All-rounder: Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali
Bowlers: Tim Southee, U Yadav, Y Chahal, M Siraj
Wicketkeeper: Heinrich Klaasen
Batsmen: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Sanju Samson, D Arcy Short, Rahul Tripathi
All-rounder: Krishnappa Gowtham, Stuart Binny
Bowlers: Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni
BLR vs HYD Players to watch out for:
RAJ will be without their ace batsmen in Jos Buttler, who has returned back home, and the onus will be on the likes of Sanju Samson, who scored a swashbuckling 92 against the same opposition last time, Rahul Tripathi, and skipper Ajinkya Rahane to lead the batting attack.
In bowling, Jofra Archer and Ish Sodhi will be crucial for their chances against a power-packed BLR unit.
In BLR, both Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers are in a great form. While Kohli did not get going against SRH, de Villiers (69) came into his own as he enthralled the crowd with some scintillating batting. de Villiers was ably complemented by Moeen Ali (65), who came in form at the crucial time for the Kohli-led side.
In bowling, Y Chahal, U Yadav, and Tim Southee will be most crucial.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore lost to Rajasthan Royals in a high scoring encounter, thanks to a belligerent 92 from RR, earlier in the tournament. But things have gone awry for the Kerela batsmen since then, and with the kind of form that RCB are in currently, and with RR losing their star duo of Buttler and Stokes, RCB will start as favorites for the match.
As per our RAJ vs BLR Dream11 predictions, the visitors will be favorite.
In wicketkeeper, choose according to you. However, Parthiv Patel can be a safe bet for the wicketkeeper.
In batsmen, V Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Rahul Tripathi are a must have choices.
In all-rounder, Moeen Ali and Goutham will be perfect.
In bowling, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Umesh Yadav and Chahal would be the ideal fantasy picks.